Auburn‘s football program changed players’ grades to secure eligibility, offered money to potential NFL draft picks so they would return for their senior seasons, and violated NCAA recruiting rules under former coach Gene Chizik, according to a report by former New York Times and Sports Illustrated writer Selena Roberts.
The report appears on Roberts’ website, Roopstigo.com. According to three former Auburn players, as many as nine players’ grades were changed before Auburn’s win in the 2011 BCS national championship game.
“We thought we would be without (running back) Mike Dyer because he said he was one of them, but Auburn found a way to make those dudes eligible,” former Auburn defensive lineman Mike Blanc told Roberts.
Blanc told ESPN’s Jonathan Coachman on Thursday that the report was not true. He tweeted Wednesday: “Man this article is outrageous and isn’t true.”
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